The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Centre for Extra-Mural Studies welcomes Sally Cranswick to host this writing course. She is a writer, editor, ghost writer, story coach and workshop facilitator, interested in life writing and memoir.

The aim of this course is to write a short story. From flash fiction to a full-length short story, we will explore how to generate ideas, how to structure a short story from beginning to end and we will look at writing techniques that are unique to short story writing. There will be weekly writing assignments and a final assignment – your short story – which you can submit to Sally for feedback. As always, our aim is to have fun whilst working together as a group, writing towards our goals.

29 April Where do I start? The essence of a short story, how do we generate ideas and how to find a starting point.
6 May Character building. How we create authentic characters and how many characters can we have in a short story.
13 May Breaking barriers. How voice and style can create excitement and tension in a short story.
20 May Plot and theme. How much plot does a short story need and how to work with themes in such a short space.
27 May I've written a short story… Now what? Editing your short story and ways to get it into the world.

Sally is a writer, editor, ghost writer, story coach and workshop facilitator with a special interest in life writing and memoir. She hosts writing courses for the University of Cape Town throughout the year. She was a chair and panellist at the Franschhoek Literary Festival in 2022.

Her debut collection of short stories, Women out of Water, was published by Modjaji Books in 2021 and was shortlisted for The Nadine Gordimer Short Story Prize in 2022. Her novel will be released by Modjaji Books in 2024. Sally has written many features and columns for magazines, has an MA cum laude in Creative Writing from UCT and a BA degree in Creative and Media Writing from Middlesex University, London. She used to be a singer, living in many countries around the world before settling in Cape Town.